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New Adventures with Princess Tiana Coming to Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom Park

Michael Ramirez

by , Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

Today we are thrilled to share a first glimpse of a project Imagineers have been working on since last year. Splash Mountain – at both Disneyland park in California and Magic Kingdom park in Florida – will soon be completely reimagined. The theme is inspired by an all-time favorite animated Disney film, “The Princess and the Frog.” We pick up this story after the final kiss, and join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure – featuring some of the powerful music from the film – as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance.

Tiana is a modern, courageous, and empowered woman, who pursues her dreams and never loses sight of what’s really important. It’s a great story with a strong lead character, set against the backdrop of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou. In 1966, Walt himself opened New Orleans Square when it became the first new “land” added to Disneyland park, so it feels natural to link the story and the incredible music of “The Princess and the Frog” to our parks.

The voice of Princess Tiana and Tony Award-winning actress, Anika Noni Rose, shared, “It is really exciting to know that Princess Tiana’s presence in both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom will finally be fully realized! As passionate as I am about what we created, I know the fans are going to be over the moon. The Imagineers are giving us ‘The Princess and the Frog’ Mardi Gras celebration we’ve been waiting for, and I’m here for it!”

The approach to retheming or “plussing” attractions (as Walt Disney referred to it) begins with Imagineers asking the question, how can we build upon or elevate the experience and tell a fresh, relevant story? It’s a continuous process that Imagineers are deeply passionate about. And with this longstanding history of updating attractions and adding new magic, the retheming of Splash Mountain is of particular importance today. The new concept is inclusive – one that all of our guests can connect with and be inspired by, and it speaks to the diversity of the millions of people who visit our parks each year.

Charita Carter, the senior creative producer leading the project at Walt Disney Imagineering shared, “Like Princess Tiana, I believe that courage and love are the key ingredients for wonderful adventures. I am delighted to be a part of bringing this fun-filled experience to our guests.”

For Imagineers, change is rooted in a tradition set by Walt Disney who encouraged new innovations, new ideas, new scenes and current storytelling. And the experiences they create can be enjoyed by guests who visit our parks from all over the world.

As part of the creative development process, conceptual design work is well underway and Imagineers will soon be able to conduct preliminary reviews and develop a timeline for when the transformation can start to take shape.

Stay tuned for more!

Comments

  • I can’t hardly wait to take my granddaughter to Disney World and hopefully this attraction will be our first ride! 🙂 It’ll be nice to have a ride with a Disney Princess that she loves so much. I hope Disney will have a well stocked gift shop attached to the attraction with lots of Princess Tiana items because it’s almost impossible to find anything related to Princess Tiana and the movie at any of the Disney Parks and Disney Springs. I’m so excited! This just might make me renew my annual passes again.

  • This is so exciting!!! (I agree 100% with Elise!) Fireflies, happiness, love….you can’t get better than that! Thank you, Disney Imagineers for bringing SUCH a beloved movie to life and then now to “live” at the park! Ray, Louis, Tiana, Naveen, Charlotte, Mama Odie, can’t wait to see everybody!!! :DD Thank you! Thank you!

  • Please don’t get rid of Pooh corner.

  • I am so happy about this! I like Splash Mountain but it will be way better with characters my kids actually know. Tiana is such a great character, I literally cried the first time I saw her in the park. So so soooo excited about this change!

  • I’m so excited to see the update to this ride. I was initially on the fence, but when I learned more about the song at the ride’s big finish, and the history behind the Brer Rabbit story, I’m glad to see them go.
    Thank you for sharing this news, giving many of us hope that large companies can take real action to change. I’ll be getting my FastPass as soon as this reimagineering is complete!

  • And folks that love Splash Mountain as is, just go to Tokyo Disneyland. They have not said anything about them changing the ride, so they are keeping theirs original!!

  • Please Put it dr facilier in the ride?

  • Deeply deeply opposed! Love this ride

  • Please Disney save splash mountain!!!! We’re soooo sad!!!!
    We don’t want it to be re themed because we truly love Disney!!!!
    Please!!!

  • I do not like the fact that Splash Mountain is going to be revamped. If there are enough new and futuristic rides as it is. I enjoy singing along with my grandchildren as we float by the scenes of the past. At least pick a change that fits with the country theme.

  • Please keep Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and Brer Bear in the parks for meet and greets.

  • How are they gonna tie this in to the theme of frontier land in Walt Disney World? Because Thunder Mountain is more subtle with a country theme to it… and if I understand then splash mountain will become more party Mardi Gras and that doesnt match. So whats gonna happen?

  • Call me crazy, but I’ve never loved the theming of Splash Mountain. I never found an emotional connection to it. The ride itself is awesome, but the theming I tolerated for the sake of the fun parts. But now? Princess and the Frog is going to make this ride incredible! I feel like this ride and movie were meant to be together! I can already imagine the overwhelming beauty of the dark portions with thousands of fire flies paired with the fun of Ray singing Gonna Take You There. My brain is on fire with all the possibilities of Splash Mountain taking on a Princess and the Frog skin.

  • This is crazy I hate this change Splash Mountain is one of my favorite rides!!!!!

  • Very happy to see that Disney is replacing some of its’ problematic histories with new, even better stories that will continue to inspire generations. That being said, would like to see some completely new attractions as well!